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Old 12-19-2012, 09:26 AM   #1, where our google ads make absolutely no sense!
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Damper/shock Suggestions

So I picked up a new set of Tanabe Springs (DF210) relatively cheap for my 1990 civic DX HB.

- 5.3 F, 2.7 R kg/mm -> 300 F, 150 R lbs/in (seems high in the front but w/e)
- ~15% stiffer than OEM
- 1.6 inch drop all around (i have 3 inches of 4x4 clearance as of today )

Plans for the Car:
- comfortable DD
- slim/no chance of autoX
- upgrade to ground control coil sleeves (350 F, 250 R)(lbs/in) in a year or two
- $800 suspension budget

This is what I've come up with so far:

LOW END (<$200):
EG/DC OEM shocks - since those cars are heavier, they would be valved more stiff than EF stockers, plus I think mine are on their way out from being 22 years of service
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EF Hybrid Suspension

MID RANGE (~$300):
Tokico HP (Blue), Skunk2 - I believe they should be more than adequate for a 15% bump in spring stiffness, but unsure about how well these guys would play with the Ground Control Coils

HIGH END ($500+):
KONI Yellow - Adjustable, good for up to 500 lbs spring rates, rebuildable (if the autoX bug bites)

End of the day: I want something that would be well matched and not overly damped to the point where my spine is being compressed.

Thanks, any new suggestions would be awesome as well.
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:49 AM   #2
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Do it right. Get Koni yellows.
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Do it right. Get Koni yellows.

Lifetime warranty and adjustable dampening. You'll have a blast with them for sure! Might as well get it right the first time and not cheap out.
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+2 on the Koni Yellows

Especially if you're going to use GC's in the future.
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Originally Posted by Spectre_Cdn View Post
+2 on the Koni Yellows

Especially if you're going to use GC's in the future.
+3 I'm running konis and GC on my dc2. And I don't regret spending that money. You may be able to find a good deal if you look around
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:41 AM   #7
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figure out what u really wanna do with that car first. in my opinion, there is no point of spending too much $$ on just to have the car lowered with comfort. if ur planning on autoxing or tracking the car, i recommend to run autox or track and see what ur car is doing to see what kind of shocks and springs u need before buyn a set.
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